The Abbey Winery in Pannonhalma, Hungary, has one of the oldest wine making traditions in Europe. In 996, Benedictine monks settled on the Sacred Hill of Pannonia—and they've always been closely associated with viticulture and winemaking introduced by the Romans.
At the beginning of the 1900s, the Archabbey had about 100 hectares—or 250 acres—of vineyards in the direct vicinity of Pannonhalma. But after the Communist takeover that followed World War II, the single-party state confiscated the winery, putting a temporary end to the centuries-old tradition.
Ten years after Communist rule failed, in 2003, the Abbey Winery Pannonhalma was reestablished with 2,000 square meters (or more than 21,500 square feet) of floor space and a storage capacity of 3,000 hectolitres (or almost 80,000 gallons). A few days ago I was lucky enough to get a peek inside the ancient cellars to see this state of the art winery. The following photos will show you how such an old tradition has been able to survive over centuries—and be revived in an ultimately up-to-date form.
Photos: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo